There are people in the celebrity world who I think capitalize on tragedy, and then there’s Jane Lynch. I don’t know her personally, but I just get such a vibe of openness and honesty from her. I think typically when people give repeated statements on a celebrity death like Cory Monteith‘s, it can be really easy to slip into exploitation of the event itself. But with Jane, I’ve just been watching her handle a really difficult situation very delicately and with great sensitivity, and I really appreciate that. She did it in her first statement about Cory, she did it at the Emmys this year during the tribute segment, and she just did it again in answering questions about how it’s been getting back to work.
Everyone has questions, obviously, because Cory’s death was so sudden and because the rest of his cast mates had to go right back into filming a new season of Glee only a few months after his overdose. The entire cast has been asked for their opinions, but most people want to direct their questions to Lea Michele, since she and Cory were dating. But what Jane has done is to kind of step in the way of barrage, to field questions for the star without actually speaking for her. She doesn’t try to put her own opinion over Lea’s, but she brings things into perspective in a way that I personally really appreciate, and I imagine that Lea does as well. Jane spoke to People recently about what Lea is going through, and she had this to say:
“I know it’s just been brutal for her. I never lost a boyfriend when I was 26 years old. I can’t tell her what her experience is. She’s a champion, and she is a rock star, and she is getting through this.”
I think that’s exactly the way to handle it — I can’t imagine what she’s going through, but she’s getting through it in her own way, and I’m really impressed with it. That’s all you can really say. And then Jane does go on to speak about her own experience as well:
“Every day that I go to work, I walk past his trailer, and every time I look at a call sheet I see that his name is not on there. Every time I do a scene with the kids I realize that he’s not there, so you’re reminded in every moment. It’s hard, and it feels like such a waste. I don’t think it’s ever really over for anybody. It’ll be great for the fans that we’re shining a light on this, that it happened, because I know it affected a lot of people in the country, so everybody can grieve together.”
Ugh. Yes. It’s such a terrible situation, and I can’t imagine going through it, but we’re all really lucky to have Jane Lynch. She’s a real class act.
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